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Because research into elementary schooling has shown that Taiwanese students do not have much insight into their surroundings and their knowledge of Taiwanese traditions is limited, I designed a curriculum about the Lunar New Year Festival. The curriculum focused especially on oral expression and art making. This article describes the journey of making some Lunar New Year posters. The curriculum was implemented with 35 fourth grade students in an elementary school in Tainan over a period of four weeks from December to January 2007, right before the Lunar New Year season. I adopted the role of a teacher-researcher. Through implementing this curriculum, I gained new insights into peer collaboration and ways of expanding students' cultural understanding, observation, critical-thinking and problem solving skills. Hopefully these students are more aware of their surroundings now, understand their cultural traditions better and can apply what they learned to their daily lives.

Keywords: Lunar New Year; art making; big ideas; critical thinking; festivals

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/eta.6.1.41_1

Affiliations: National Taiwan Normal University.

Publication date: June 1, 2010

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.
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